Lisa M. Onishi, PhD

Lisa Onishi

Title: Chemical Engineer, Researcher, Senior Process Engineer
Company: Intel
Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

Lisa Onishi, Chemical Engineer, Researcher and Senior Process Engineer at Intel, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a professional engineer.

Dr. Onishi prepared for her career at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 2000. She continued her education at the University of California Berkeley, earning a PhD in chemical engineering in 2009, and, after garnering experience as an engineer at UCT Fuel Cells, she accepted a position at Intel in 2010. Since starting at Intel, Dr. Onishi has excelled as a chemical engineer, researcher and senior process engineer for the company.

Initially, Dr. Onishi became involved in her profession because she believed that engineering would allow her to use science in an applicable, practical manner. She had an interest in chemistry, and was drawn to the possibility that she could make an impact through her work. Dr. Onishi’s career has emphasized solving the world’s most pressing engineering quandaries, and the highlight of her career thus far has been resolving the 104-year-old thermodynamic problem known as “Schroeder’s Paradox.” Along with her colleagues John M. Prausnitz and John Newman, she published “Water-Nafon Equilibria. Absence of Schroeder’s Paradox” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry in 2011, which showed that the paradox is resolved when attention is given to the thermal history of the absorbing polymer.

Dr. Onishi credits the engineers she worked within her professional journey as mentors, motivations and inspirations, and throughout her career, she has contributed numerous articles to the Journal of Physical Chemistry and other professional publications. Dr. Onishi advises aspiring engineers to be passionate, flexible and curious and has been recognized for her contributions to the field with several awards, including the Most Popular Poster Presentation Award from the Gorden Research Conference in 2002, an Outstanding Performance Award in 2002, and an Achievement Award from UTC Fuel Cells in 2003. As a further testament to her success, stature and experience, Dr. Onishi has been selected for inclusion in the 28th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, the 11th and 12th editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America.

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